The now famous, but sometimes politically incorrect and nonetheless extremely funny Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman joke has been banned in Iran by their president, Havano Dinnajacket.
Up to now, some of these jokes have been extremely innocent, drawing no adverse comments from Englishmen, Irishmen or Scotsmen. It must be said the Welsh have sometimes complained about their omission from this trio, but this has been strictly on the basis of their lack of any sense of humour, although Caerphilly is quite a funny word - perhaps not as hilarious as the two words "Welsh Assembly" - but fairly funny all the same.
This current situation started when Paddy Englishman, Paddy Irishman and Paddy Scotsman walked into the "Chopoffyerhand" bar in Tehran. The barman, Muckedhis Pants, turned around and shouted: "What is this, some kind of joke? To you English this may be a joke, but to us Iranians, it's an embassy hostage situation!"
With that he immediately called their Iranian anti-Joke Police and Stoning Squad.
Paddy Englishman, Paddy Irishman and Paddy Scotsman were subsequently arrested and sentenced to three weeks watching Jimmy Cricket and Krankies video re-runs.